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Paul Winchell - WOR Radio Musical Quiz Show 1944-48

On: Thursday, November 13, 2014

Paul Winchell
Paul Wilchinsky
aka  Pinkus Wilchinski
aka Paul Wilchin 
Dec 22 1922 - Jun 25 2005 age 82
Official Site

Winchell's best-known ventriloquist dummies were Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff. Mahoney was carved by Chicago-based figure maker Frank Marshall. Sometime later Winchell had basswood copies of Jerry's head made by a commercial duplicating service. One became the upgraded Jerry Mahoney that is seen primarily throughout Winchell's television career. The television versions of Jerry and Knucklehead also featured Winchell's innovation of actors slipping their hands into the sleeves of the dummies, giving the visual effect of gesturing with their hands while "conversing" with each other, perhaps providing the uncredited precursor for the Muppets. He modified two other copies to create Knucklehead Smiff. The original Marshall Jerry Mahoney and one copy of Knucklehead Smiff are in storage at the Smithsonian Institution. The other two figures are in the collection of illusionist David Copperfield. ~wikipedia
01 Paul & Jerry Call Mrs Jaspin (WOR audition)
02 Paul & Jerry Call Mrs Lloyd
03 Paul & Jerry Call Mrs Maidel Part 1
04 Paul & Jerry Call Mrs Maidel Part 2


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His other material on this blog is "tagged" at the bottom of this post
Little Orphan Boy Part 1 & 2 (Promo) (45) 1963
How To Become A Ventriloquist (Video)


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